Consignment

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As a beauty and style blogger, you know this girl can accumulate quite a fair few treasures. I also have hoarding tendencies, but thanks to my husband’s suggestion and the power of the Luxury Managers via the White Glove service at The RealReal, I’ve managed to select a few treasures from my collection that I want to see in a better home. A home where they can be cherished, loved, and not relegated to one of my closets, packed prettily away, never used. I’m an Editor at heart, and I desperately needed to edit down my collection.Read & Comment →

Jouer Perfume Oil

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Recently Jouer sent me their Perfume Oil–and basically, it is genius. It involves a rollerball perfume (a concept we all know and [most of us] love–for its portability, convenience, unobtrusiveness, and value). But instead of an eau de toilette variety as is typically the norm for rollerball editions, this involves a perfume oil. The concept is genius, and leaves me thinking, “Why haven’t they all been in oil form?”

“Why have I wasted my money on rollerball perfumes watered down with alcohol?”Read & Comment →

Zoeva Bamboo Edition, Vol. 2

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I feel like you guys have asked me tons of questions lately about Zoeva brushes, and I want to make a few things clear:

  1. thus far, they are the best quality brushes I’ve ever owned and used
  2. I use at least one Zoeva brush every single day

With that in mind, I wanted to share with you one of their newest releases: The Bamboo collection Vol. 2, which comes in this gorgeous metallic-gold-lined-interior cylinder, and comes with a plethora of brushes, enough to do pretty much anything you would want to do to your face. And: they’re vegan.

The downside? It may be nitpick-y, but I don’t enjoy the brown-tipped edges of the brush heads. I find that it makes me think they are dirty, even when they are clean. I know that it aligns with the whole bamboo theme, but instead it just looks slightly dirty. 

Other than that minor gripe, I have to say, you simply cannot go wrong with a set of Zoeva brushes. I prefer them over MAC brushes, Sigma brushes, and even Real Techniques brushes (other than the foundation/buffing style brushes–RT is the bomb for that).

These retail for a whopping €65 (euro) but I think if you don’t own a complete set of Zoeva brushes, and you have the money to splurge, it’s worth it. These brushes last forever. If you’re on a budget, feel free to skip them and go for the Eco Tools line at drugstores–they’re fantastic alternatives!

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Budget Alternatives

St. Patrick’s Day Treat Cups

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I found these amazing parfait-like kid-friendly treat cups on Pinterest, and, being the kid that I am, I couldn’t help myself. I had to make them. I made sure to document the whole process so you could see how easy it is to recreate! I cannot take credit for the idea as I found this on Pinterest (linked here) so make sure you check out that Pin — I think her cups were a better choice! I will say that I am super impressed I was able to find all of the ingredients for this cute little snack at my local drugstore. Never had to set foot in the grocery store. (And as someone who is mildly aversive to grocery stores and their monstrous selection, this was fantastic.)Read & Comment →

Currently: Bedside Table

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When it comes to Spring cleaning, I actually totally dread it–but after I’m done, I’m so glad I forced myself to endure through the odious task of chucking out the old to make way for tidiness. I have a horrible habit of accruing things and never putting them away in their proper place. To get myself motivated each year, I begin with my bedside table. What you didn’t see was that before these shots were taken, I had amassed a total of 12 hardback books, in two stacks, with their spines facing outward–a constant reminder of what I had planned to start but couldn’t quite get to.Read & Comment →

Vaseline Intensive Care Healing Serum

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It’s rare that I get up and talk to you about a single product in a blog post, but this deserves to be mentioned. I’m in love with a lotion–and I’m pretty sure it loves me back (at least, my skin thinks so). I’ll bet you didn’t guess it was from Vaseline. Their new serum-based restorative lotion (called Vaseline Intensive Care™ Healing Serum) has my hands clapping in celebration, because finally there is a lotion that 1) sinks in quickly 2) moisturizes deeply 3) doesn’t feel sticky and 4) smells intoxicating. And it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to get your hands on it (hooray!).Read & Comment →

Casual Date Night & How to Contour Quickly

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Parka – Loft (similar) | Sweater – Forever 21 (similar) | Leggings – J.Crew Factory | Boots – Pour La Victoire | Bag – Louis Vuitton (find preowned) | Nails – Shellac Fedora | Beanie – North Face (similar)

Today I wanted to share my typical winter date night outfit and makeup look with you guys. I’ve also found a really great way to highlight thanks to two new Clinique products. When it comes to a casual movie date with my husband, you won’t see any high heels or super tight jeans–I’m much more low-key than most, I guess. I prefer natural makeup (jazzing it up with a quick, easy, and foolproof contour method, more on that below) and a cozy sweater. (Gasp!) leggings round out the casual comfy nature of the outfit. Since it was particularly chilly, I added my army green hooded jacket and North Face beanie. You’ll probably notice that I’m quite short–so to give the illusion of longer legs I try to match my shoe/boot color to my pant, so here I’ve used black biker boots from Pour La Victoria to give some of that illusion. But let’s be honest. My legs are damn short.Read & Comment →

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess 2015

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I have been a fan of Estée Lauder’s Bronze Goddess Eau Fraîche Skinscent since last year, which is a relatively short amount of time when you count up how many years Bronze Goddess has been a “thing”. Every year the beauty conglomerate releases the fragrance (often in new packaging) and every year it sells out, never to be bought again…until the very next year.

This year I was lucky enough to get my hands on a bottle in advance of the release, so I could share this year’s packaging update with you all. On the left you’ll see last year’s packaging, which featured a pretty, mirrored gold finish. This year’s packaging is more translucent, more in line with prior iterations, with a subtle gradient effect. 

Bronze Goddess is the definition of summer, bottled. If you’re not a fan of coconut and sun cream, then you won’t be a fan of Bronze Goddess. But to my comrades who love walking around smelling like a sexy piña colada, raise your hands up because your next bottle of Bronze Goddess is about to be available…soon.

Available: March 2015